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Interior Design – Before and After

Who doesn’t love Before & After pictures of an Interior Design transformation?

In our previous blog post, Full Service Design (posted 3/16/17), we shared one of our full service design projects in Potomac, MD.

The Interior Design Project Included:

  1. A move from one home to another
  2. A kitchen renovation from floor to ceiling (and everything in between)
  3. Space planning for the clients’ existing furniture as well as newly acquired pieces
  4. Project management of the entire job

Project management included, but was not limited to:

  • Complete coordination with kitchen designer
  • Overall selection of furniture, fabrics, window treatments, tile, countertops, lighting, wall finishes, etc.
  • Color and finish selections
  • Complete lighting plan and coordination of implementation
  • Timing of all project and design elements
  • Design and coordination of all custom cabinetry

As a followup to our previous post, we would like to share some of the Before and After Interior Design pictures from this project. First, we’ll begin in the kitchen.

BEFORE…

Kitchen

The original kitchen design included both an island and a peninsula. The cabinets were a medium maple finish and the counter was a basic granite. In order to accommodate the exhaust fan, a soffit had been built above the cabinetry, and a shelf was constructed above that. This was an awkward design that shortened the tall ceilings.

AFTER…

kichen after

The new design moved the stainless steel refrigerator to the left of the range which created the perfect area for a tall pantry. The peninsula was removed from the design which opened up the kitchen and made room for a large island. The awkward shelf above the cabinets was removed which allowed for taller wall cabinets. Lighting in the crown moulding of the cabinetry was installed which creates visual interest that draws your eye up to the tall ceiling. The new cabinets feature a custom painted finish while the center island is contrasted in a rich walnut stain. Complimentary granite countertops and backsplash tile complete the updated look.

Next, we’ll move on to the breakfast area of the kitchen.

BEFORE…

Breakfast Room Before

The original breakfast area lacked continuity. The shelf near the ceiling seems to chop up the room, while oversized lighting, heavy draperies on the windows leave the room feeling heavy. The furniture is all in the same basic wood tone which leaves much room for improvement.

AFTER…

Breakfast Area After

The old tile floors were removed and replaced with medium tone hardwood floors throughout the kitchen and breakfast area. The cabinets and countertop continue into the breakfast area to create a beverage center with storage for glasses, drinks, and a hidden refrigerator for cold beverages. The cabinets are made to feel lighter with glass doors and interior lighting. We used a glass table top with a metal base and all-weather woven chairs with vinyl seat cushions to add interest to the eating area. The heavy draperies were removed and the windows were covered with custom shutters that match the window trim. Shutters are perfect for providing a clean look while allowing maximum light control. The heavy light above the table was replaced with a scale-appropriate contemporary light fixture more suited for the space. This is another view of the space…

Breakfast area after 2

Next we move to the dining room.

BEFORE…

Potomac dining room before

The original dining room felt heavy with a wood table, wood trimmed chairs, a wood buffet, wood framed mirror and wood floors. The lighting was too large and ornate for the space and the two-toned walls gave the room a chopped up appearance.

AFTER…

Dining Room After

A view of the dining room from the living room shows a lighter and more dramatic space. The floors were darkened a bit which adds to the warmth of the space. Although we used a round wood table, the all upholstered chairs and open console table give the room a more open look.  The chandelier is more scale-appropriate for the room. The chair rail was removed and the walls received a warm and inviting decorative paint finish. The finishing touch is the artwork framed in finish similar to the light fixture that graces the wall above the console table.

Lastly, we move on to the master bedroom.

BEFORE…

Master Bedroom Before

The master bedroom was very neutral and once again, heavy draperies weighed down the room.

AFTER…

Master Bedroom After

Although the new master bedroom is also neutral in color overall, the pillows, bed scarf, side tables and lamps help to provide contrast. The mid-century modern chairs provide a little seating area for the couple. The small overhead light was replaced with a contemporary ceiling fan. The draperies have been simplified to allow natural light into the room and to provide a cleaner lined look. The paint scheme shows off the tray ceiling.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our Before & After transformation!